I’m standing in my kitchen in my Oofos, in the cloud of my own stink, feeling a little like a fraud. I have blisters on my arches. New shoes + custom orthotics = no Bueno until the shoes break in a little more, and my feet toughen up too. There are two toenails that will… Continue reading Feeling like a Fraud
On Your Mark, Get Set, …WAIT!
I've said it before: the best of intentions and reality don't always meet. I don't know what made me think 2018 would be much different. I chose focus words instead of resolutions hoping they would keep me on track for a broader area of life; found two women who were also looking for accountability partners… Continue reading On Your Mark, Get Set, …WAIT!
2017: The Bad & The Good in It
Each year begins with high hopes, moderate and lofty goals, and dreams waiting to be fulfilled. This year I was hoping for redemption after spraining my ankle twice in 10 weeks, and still had some problems with my piriformis going into January. It had only been 3 months since it spasmed after the marathon and… Continue reading 2017: The Bad & The Good in It
Welp, that was a first, or a Visit to the Med Tent
No worries, I'm fine. After I stopped moving -- and got my medal -- I couldn't inhale deeply without my "emphysemic seal" cough. The medical volunteers were awesome. A man saw me and asked if I was okay. "I can't breathe," I said. He flags down someone else for a wheelchair, gets me in and… Continue reading Welp, that was a first, or a Visit to the Med Tent
Nighttime Day Dreaming, and Race Weekend
Wide awake and thinking about warm weather, girls weekend, slot machines and sunrises.
Grand Rapids Half Marathon, a recap
This race can be summed up in one word: wet. I have done this race in some capacity since 2009, and not once has it rained. The race director said it has never rained on race day until this year. They have had fourteen years of dry weather. I hope it's another 14 years before… Continue reading Grand Rapids Half Marathon, a recap
I've been fortunate to not have been directly fat shamed since I've started running. Or maybe I have, and just let it slide. I know that so many others have, and not all of them have been exactly "fat." Celebrities Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Lawrence have been fat shamed. Seriously. Who can forget the drama… Continue reading Fat Shaming
Bayshore: Marathon No. 10
On May 27 I finished my 10th full marathon. As with every race I wrote amazingly witty things in my head along the way. And with every post-race "brain melt" I forgot every last bit. I wasn't even planning to do the Bayshore Marathon this year. My daughter signed up, hoping for redemption from her… Continue reading Bayshore: Marathon No. 10
What’s on my Playlist*
Headphones we all have at least a working pair, a dead pair we should throw away but haven't because it seems such a waste and a pair of Skullcandys that could be sent back for warranty coverage but haven't bothered to send them off. If you run, walk, workout, watch TV and movies on dvd or… Continue reading What’s on my Playlist*
Winter Running, so Far
Remember when I said at the end of the fall running season I said I wasn’t going to quit, and keep plugging through the winter? That only half happened. I haven’t stopped completely, but haven’t been as consistent as I should have. Taking a semi-break has been okay though. I did get some relief by… Continue reading Winter Running, so Far